Tanzania is a colorful fusion of peoples and cultures, a land where ancient coastal kingdom meet with tribal peoples of the interior. It is a place of stunning contrasts, where endless stretches of palm fringed beach rise to greet fertile forested mountains, where mysterious, offshore islands offer recluse and relaxation from the aches of climbing Africa's highest peak. Tanzania's geological past spans more than 300 million years. It is here where hominid fossils dating back 3 million years were found, offering exciting glimpses into our past.
It is a country blessed with great natural wealth, where pristine coral reefs bathe in equatorial waters and millions of hoofed animals drum along its vast plains. It’s a country of spectacular beauty, whose cool highland plateau is interrupted by the deep fractures of the Great Rift Valley, and whose inland lakes shimmer with the reflected shadows of countless water birds and the rhythms of the seasons.
Tanzania is home to 30 million people of exceptional diversity encompassing more than 100 different tribal groups, each with its own language and customs. It is here where Muslims and Christians, members of one tribe and those of another, mainlanders and islanders - have been unified by a shared experience of nationhood, by a common language (Swahili), and by an ingrained sense and spirit of moderation.
Day 1: Nairobi-Moshi. Depart Nairobi at 08:00 a.m. for Namanga border, clearing the immigration formalities before proceeding to Arusha for lunch. Afternoon is spent organizing climbing gear. Dinner and overnight in Arusha.
Day 2: Arusha-Mandara Hut. After breakfast drive to Marangu gate , an altitude of 1860 ms .Walk 9kms to Mandara hut 2744m.(9,000ft) through dense dense semi-tropical forest-for your first overnight on Kilimanjaro. Meals and overnight at the hut.
Day 3: Mandara-Horombo Hut. Start early morning for a ten hour walk towards Horombo. The landscape becomes rigged and rocky but superb, with both mawenzi and kibo peaks in view. You spend your second night at the mountain at Horombo hut, an altitude of 3,761m (12.335ft).
Day 4: Horombo – Kibo Hut. Take a tiring 13km walk which takes 6hrs to Kibo hut 4.732m (15.520ft) above sea level. Spectacular mountain vegetation like giant cactus, groundswell and lobelia appear. Meals and overnight at the hut.
Day 5: Kibo – Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hut. The final attempt to the summit is made in the early hours of the morning at 2.00 a.m. It takes about 5hrs to climb the steepest and most difficult part of the route to Gilman’s point (5681m) 18630ft. From Gilman’s, it takes 1.5 to 2 hours to Uhuru peak 5,896m (19.344ft). Descend to Horombo for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Horombo – Moshi. Descend is rapid. After breakfast, walk down to Marangu gate for transfer to Arusha. Overnight at Arusha Hotel.
Day 7: Arusha - Nairobi. After breakfast, drive to Arusha for lunch, then to Nairobi via Namanga border town, arriving early in the evening.
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